Posted 07 August 2013 - 04:45 PM
The atrocities took place 30 years ago when my daughter was 14-16. I only found out about it in recent years and when I did I urged her to both file a police report and sue. She had gone to Michigan to live with her aunt and uncle, who were very well off, and attend private school with their daughters, roughly the same age. They were her paternal aunt and uncle and her godparents. She never told me about it until about six years ago when the damage was fully apparent. She told her father about it at the time and he told her to just forget about it. The uncle has since died, but the aunt, who drugged her nightly with hot chocolate, still lives and is very wealthy. The couple moved to Florida not long after this happened, I suspect to avoid the Michigan statute, which I believe has no limitation. I live in Connecticut. I thought perhaps I could sue because of my own pain and suffering. My daughter is too unwell and intimidated to take action.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:23 PM
Do you have an opinion as to whether the crime described would be first degree or not? I see no point, then, I suppose, in advising the Michigan authorities now myself. Is there one? Could the deceased uncle's estate be held liable in any way should the crime be deemed to be first degree? If so, how? Damages perhaps? I believe there might have been others who were his/her victims; for one thing, when their three children were growing up in Ann Arbor, when they were pre-teen, the aunt and uncle always had a procession of au pairs from England and France in their home, and some may have been under 18. I think that the Castro case drew a parallel for me and I felt I needed to know whether there was anything I could possibly do at this late date. The uncle was head http://www.legaldir.com/pi/california.html of a big corporation in Florida, and actually had a portion of a college campus down there named after him in honor, in part, of his upstanding ethical . . . I suppose that if my daughter's condition were to worsen to the point I had to be her custodian, or whatever it is called, I might then be able to sue for damages on her behalf? But would a criminal conviction be necessary to do that? I don't think she would ever testify; when she finally told me about what had happened to her, she prefaced it with, "If you are ever on a witness stand, I want you to repeat exactly what I am going to tell you." In retrospect, I wonder if she was asking me to take action she couldn't bring herself to and that her father had failed to take.
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